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Registration now open for Co-Lab

Are you a young English speaker in Quebec who has had trouble finding and maintaining employment in your region? Do you have ideas on how to improve access to employment services and retention programs for English-speakers? If yes, then we want to hear from you! CBC Quebec, Canadian Heritage and the Quebec Community Groups Network are looking for creative and dynamic participants to work with community organizations during a two-day event in November. The goal? To identify innovative employment solutions for English-speaking young people in Quebec.

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Third civic engagement forum for Quebec’s English-speaking youth kicks off at Bishop’s University this weekend

On Saturday over fifty English-speaking youths between the ages of 18 and 26 from across Quebec will gather on the campus of Bishop’s University in the Eastern Townships for a week-long immersion into Quebec society.

The Forum’s program will provide the young people an opportunity to learn, share, inspire and be inspired. Participants will come together and meet with politicians, business leaders, civil servants, not-for-profit leaders, journalists and university professors to benefit from their perspectives on Quebec. Over the week, participants will develop position papers on legislative changes they want to see in Quebec which they will present to a mock Parliamentary Commission on Thursday.

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Bishop’s Forum bringing young leaders together

Sherbrooke, August 9, 2019 – Over the course of this coming week, Bishop’s University will be hosting the third edition of The Bishop’s Forum, an annual leadership conference for English-speaking youth from across the province. Set to take place from this Saturday, August 10, to Thursday August 15, the forum will bring together roughly 60 Quebecers aged 18 to 26 and immerse them in an environment of workshops, discussions, and activities meant to help support civic engagement and help young people in Quebec learn about how the systems that govern the province work.

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Premier admits he’s been out of touch with anglophones

“Seeing former Parti Québécois leader Pierre Karl Péladeau go to bat to protect English school boards this year, and the screaming headlines that followed, was “horrible” and proof there’s been a “loss of contact” with anglophones, said Premier Philippe Couillard during a sit-down interview with the Montreal Gazette’s political staff.”

In an interview with the Montreal Gazette, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard is determined to right his wrongs with the English-speaking community. He mentions many solutions he came up following a meeting he had with the Quebec Community Groups Network back in November. Among those solutions, retaining youth in regions comes first.

You can read the article and watch the video in The Montreal Gazette

New award to recognize up and coming community leaders

Montreal, June 11 2015 – 

The Quebec Community Groups Network, the Fondation Notre Home Foundation and CBC Quebec are pleased to launch the Young Quebecers Leading the Way Award which recognizes and celebrates the outstanding achievements of young English-speaking Quebecers who are engaged in innovative initiatives that create change in our communities.

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Quebec youth lead the way to Sesquicentennial celebrations

Montreal, March 13, 2015

Heading into celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Confederation, more than six dozen English- and French-speaking young Quebecers gathered at the historic Morrin Centre in Quebec City this past weekend to reflect on Canada’s history and their role in the past and future of their country.

The youth from across the province were participating in the first of three annual forums organized by the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) in partnership with the Institut du Nouveau Monde (INM) and the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS). The forum is part of Young Quebecers Leading the Way, a three-year project funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Youth Take Charge program.

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‘Young Quebecers Leading the Way’ begins

By Gordon Lambie, The Record

The first phase of the “Young Quebecers Leading the Way” project is now in motion, preparing a series of workshops and forums throughout the province for young people aged 15-25. Over the next three months, a team of regional co-ordinators will be revving up teens and young adults in six different regions of Quebec to get them thinking seriously about their country in the lead-up to the sesquicentennial anniversary in 2017.

Organized through the Quebec Community Groups Network and the Institut du Nouveau Monde, the project is focused this year on Canada’s past as seen through the eyes of its future.

Holly McMillan has been hired as the 2015 regional co-ordinator for the Eastern Townships. Originally from Ottawa, she came to the Townships to study and has been in area ever since. 

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Notre Home Teaser

Last spring, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) came up with a very inspiring project called “Notre Home”. The project aimed to foster a sense of belonging among young English-speaking Quebecers and build bridges with their francophone counterparts. Upon our initiative, David Hodges, a talented young hip hop artist, has teamed up with 8 other Quebec singers to pen an original anthem entitled “Notre Home” that illustrates how English-speakers see Quebec as their home. A report published in 2009 entitled “Creating Spaces for Young Quebecers”Quebecers” that was the culmination of a provincial youth consultation, stated that the process had allowed them to discuss their Quebec roots, their desire to remain in the province and their willingness to move past the linguistic tensions of previous generations.

Notre Home will be commercialized in 2013, but meanwhile, a “teaser” is circulating to mobilize both linguistic groups.

QCGN Partners release toolkit for building leadership in rural Quebec

The Gaspe Spec

NEW CARLISLE – Quebec’s English-speaking communities face multiple types of isolation and young women in these communities who are emerging as new leaders experience unique challenges that conventionnally designed projects fail to effectively address. ”Supporting these young women while contributing to effective community development in the official language minority context is a complex task,” commented Sylvia Martin-Laforge, Director General of the Quebec Community Groups Network, who noted it is challenging to design projects that are structured enough for widespread delivery and efficient implementation, but flexible enough to be relevant across different communities with their unique needs. Read more…

Une fonceuse aux grands objectifs

La Tribune, Marie-Christine Bouchard

SHERBROOKE – Karolyn Kirby souhaite devenir députée fédérale en Estrie, question de bien représenter ses concitoyens à la Chambre des communes. Pour se rendre au bout de ce grand rêve, l’étudiante de 23 ans sait qu’il y aura beaucoup de chemin à parcourir, beaucoup de défis à relever, beaucoup de mains à serrer et d’innombrables projets à mener jusqu’à terme… et elle n’a pas attendu un instant avant de commencer!

[…] Et comme si ce n’était pas assez, celle qui étudie en enseignement à l’Université Bishop’s s’implique également auprès de l’Association des Townshippers et du Quebec Community Groups Network. Il ne faut pas oublier l’Association des jeunes libéraux: Karolyn Kirby n’hésite pas à afficher ses couleurs et à défendre ses convictions politiques. Read more…